3 UK to deploy world's first cloud native core network

13 Feb 2017

Nokia and CK Hutchison's Three UK have announced plans to deploy the world's first fully integrated cloud native core network.

Three UK is deploying a cloud core network to allow it to more rapidly respond to customers' changing service demands in the lead-up to the IoT and 5G era.

Nokia will begin deployment of Three UK's new core network in multiple data centers later this year. In addition to more rapid service provisioning, the new cloud core network will help the operator meet growing demand for VoLTE and HD video traffic, even in very busy locations.

The cloud native core network will consist of the Nokia AirFrame data center solution, as well as software-based routers, cloud network management, NFV, session border controller, evolved packet core and network management systems.

Nokia will also provide system integration services including data center and transformation services.

“This is a significant cloud core network deal with the potential to deliver a wide range of technology and business benefits to Three UK,” Current Analysis principal analyst David Snow said.

“As carriers gear up for the 5G future it is vital that their core networks are flexible enough to match 5G access network demands, especially in terms of latency and scalability. This deal demonstrates that Nokia has a wide range of cloud technologies and professional service assets which it can use to design and deploy such an end-to-end cloud core network solution."

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